The Silent Addiction You Don’t Even Know You Have
As public awareness of addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, and even porn grows, one substance remains solidly under the radar, despite causing much damage – sugar.
While humans need sugar to survive, we have been slowly usurped into normalizing the addictive substance as part of every meal, snack, and drink, which is causing a raft of health problems.
Sugar is the leading cause of obesity, heart disease and also a contributing factor to unstable mental health.
Despite this, vast amounts of sugar are in most foods, and in an age of hyper-marketing, we pay little attention to the real values of the food we consume.
The American Heart Association recommends that men should have no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar a day, ideally from natural sources (such as fruits).
This figure becomes especially shocking when you factor in that the below snacks contain the following amount of sugar:
- Snickers bar (57 g): 5.83 teaspoons of sugar
- Milky Way bar (58 g): 7.02 teaspoons of sugar
- Twix bar (57 g): 5.68 teaspoons of sugar
- Coca-Cola (one can, 330 ml): 7.25 teaspoons of sugar
- Red Bull (one can): 5.35 teaspoons of sugar
- Old Jamaica Ginger Beer (one can): 10.18 teaspoons of sugar
- Alpen: 4.05 teaspoons of sugar
- Honey Nut Cheerios: 6.67 teaspoons of sugar
- Golden Grahams: 7.1 teaspoons of sugar
While some cereals have vowed to cut sugar content, the sugar levels are still dangerously high.
Shredded Wheat does provide one alternative that is genuinely sugar-free, however.
The types of sugar we should be looking to consume come in the shape of fruits, which still contain high sugar content, but if eaten in moderation can fit the 9 teaspoons limit a day and align with the famed ‘5-a-day’ aim.
Sugar content exists in fruits as follows:
- Mangos: 2.77 teaspoons of sugar
- Bananas: 2.48 teaspoons of sugar
- Apples: 2.11 teaspoons of sugar
- Pineapples: 2 teaspoons of sugar
- Grapes: 3.14 teaspoons of sugar
- Lemons: 0.5 teaspoons of sugar
- Blueberries: 2.02 teaspoons of sugar
- Tomatoes: 0.53 teaspoons of sugar
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